Samuel Hochter

Samuel Hochter was born on December 6, 1811, on the Hochter farm in Vöhren. Being the first child, he was destined to inherit the farm from his father. Unfortunately, his family was living in extreme poverty at the time of his birth, and there was very little money available to provide for their basic needs.

Samuel grew up on a farm like many other families in the area. He couldn't attend school due to the high costs and had to learn the trade of farming at a young age. At 19, Samuel inherited the farm from his father, but unfortunately, the farm was struggling. The Hochter estate is situated at a crossroads between the Kilden and Holle rivers. In the past, this was the perfect location, since the soil was fertile, and there was a consistent water supply. However, over time, the river's natural flow shifted, leading to flooding in the area. The farm has already lost almost 30% of its land and is not permitted to reclaim the land on the other side of the river.

On the evening of December 12, 1839, a fire broke out in the stable of Hochter farm. The fire quickly spread to the nearby house and annex. When the flames were spotted, neighbouring farms rushed to the site to help extinguish the fire. It took several hours to put the fire out, but unfortunately, the entire farm was destroyed. By some miracle, the family was not home and the cattle were able to escape to the surrounding fields. However, the Hochters were already struggling and did not have the funds to build a new home. Despite some families collecting money and goods, it was not enough since the Hochters were Jewish and not accepted by many residents.

After the fire, Samuel Hochter and the Silbers family, who were also part of the Jewish community, began building a new farm. They had to use cheaper materials, such as local pine wood from the forest, due to limited funds. To save money, they combined the house and stable into one structure. They also chose a new location further away from the river to avoid future flooding. During the rebuilding process, Samuel met Elsbeth Silbers, who helped provide food, clothing, and appliances for the Hochter family. Over time, Samuel fell in love with Elsbeth but was initially hesitant to express his feelings. It wasn't until a few years later that he discovered his feelings were mutual and they began a romantic relationship.

On March 5, 1841, Samuel and Elsbeth got married. Their union not only brought them love but also some benefits to their respective families. Elsbeth's family runs a small kosher butchery in Lutheria, and Samuel had previously sold his cattle to the Silbers family. However, now that they are married, the farm and the butchery can become a part of the joint family business. This has provided some financial relief to both families, although life remains challenging for both of them.

Herman Hochter was born on January 16, 1842, on the Hochter estate as the son of Samuel and Elsbeth Hochter. Despite some complications, he was born healthy and cheerful, although one month later than anticipated.

Mozes Hochter was born on May 12th, 1845, as the second child of Samuel and Elsbeth Bruere on the Hochter estate. Although the birth initially went smoothly, it soon became apparent that the baby was breech. Two doctors present at his birth tried to save him. After several hours, the baby was finally delivered but unfortunately died shortly afterwards. His mother, Elsbeth, was heartbroken and fell into a depression afterwards and became extra protective over her family. The baby, posthumously named Mozes, was buried at the local cemetery in Lutheria.

David Hochter was born on September 7, 1856 on the Hochter farm as the third child of Samuel and Elsbeth Hochter. The family was particularly elated to welcome David as his older brother Mozes had passed away shortly after birth. During David's birth, his grandmother and 14-year-old elder brother Herman were in attendance.

On December 18, 1864, Lotte Hochter was born on the Hochter estate as the fourth child of Samuel and Elsbeth Hochter. Her brothers Herman and David were also present. During delivery, Elsbeth was stressed and scared due to a previous complication with her son Mozes. However, the delivery went smoothly and Lotte was born healthy. Being the only girl, her mother is especially protective of her.

Samuel's distinctive features include green-blue eyes and thick, curly black-grey hair. His skin has tanned from working in the sun every day, but on his expressive face, he maintains a calm, almost melancholic expression. At over 2 meters tall, Samuel is one of the largest and most sturdy men in the surrounding area, contrasting with his gentle and kind demeanour.

Family

The Hochter family is one of the few Jewish families living in the area. Their ancestors hailed from East Germany and Poland, and they migrated to Kilden in search of a better life. For many generations now, the Hochter family has been residing in the region, with most of them working as farmers or butchers. Most notably, the Hochter farm is known for raising cattle for meat production, which is primarily sold through local butchers in the area. Despite the fact that they still face prejudice and hatred from locals of other religions, the situation is slowly improving, and people are becoming more respectful towards other faiths.

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Elsbeth Silbers
★ Apr 20, 1820

Divorced on: Mar 05, 1841
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Herman Hochter
★ Jan 16, 1842

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Mozes Hochter
★ May 12, 1845
♰ May 12, 1845

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David Hochter
★ Jan 01, 1860

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Lotte Hochter
★ Dec 18, 1864

Divorced on: Dec 18, 1864

Events

1811
06
Dec
1811
Birth
Birth Samuel Hochter
December 6, 1811
Location: Hochter farm
Location:
1811-12-06
15
Jun
1831
Inheritance
Samuel Hochter inherits Hochter farm
June 15, 1831
Location: Hochter farm
Location:
1831-06-15
12
Dec
1839
Event
Fire at Hochter farm
December 12, 1839
Location: Hochter farm
Location:
1839-12-12
16
Dec
1839
Event
Hochter farm gets rebuild
December 16, 1839
Location: Hochter farm
Location:
1839-12-16
05
Mar
1841
Wedding
Wedding Samuel Hochter & Elsbeth Silbers
March 5, 1841
Location: Shul Zohar
Location:
1841-03-05
16
Jan
1842
Birth
Birth Herman Hochter
January 16, 1842
Location: Hochter farm
Location:
1842-01-16
12
May
1845
Birth
Birth Mozes Hochter
May 12, 1845
Location: Hochter farm
Location:
1845-05-12
12
May
1845
Death
Death Mozes Hochter
May 12, 1845
Location: Hochter farm
Location:
1845-05-12
07
Sep
1856
Birth
Birth David Hochter
September 7, 1856
Location: Hochter farm
Location:
1856-09-07
18
Dec
1864
Birth
Birth Lotte Hochter
December 18, 1864
Location: Hochter farm
Location:
1864-12-18
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